Monday, January 23, 2012
“Mitt, Mitt, Mitt.” I’m shaking my head and sighing while I say that. From one dork to another, let me tell you that you don’t get it.
Later tonight you’re going to participate in another debate with Newt, this one being a prelude to the Florida primary. Newt plays well to the audience, in the studio and on their couches across America. The thing is, he’s a jerk, an ethically challenged jerk at that, who’s only claim to fame is that he’s perhaps the best possible example of what’s wrong with politicians in general and Washington in particular.
Again and again, we keep electing politicians President, and again and again we’re disappointed with their performance. It’s no wonder. (See “Voter Insanity” for elaboration of this last point.) What we need in charge of our government is a “Manager,” with a capital M and in quotes, a senior executive with demonstrated management capabilities who has achieved, in multiple private and public sector venues, success at a very high level. ..Know anyone like that?
That’s right, Mitt. It’s you I’m talking about. While Newt has been busy huffing and puffing and threatening to blow your house down, you’ve been talking about all the jobs you’ve created at Bain. Admirable, if not particularly effective. Personally, I’m tired of hearing about Bain. I’m all Bained out.
Trust me, with the exception of a few hundred thousand nut balls who actually think more bluster is what we need in Washington, even Republic voters will realize sooner than later what a bozo Newt really is. He’ll self-destruct because that’s what people do who have giant egos, ethical issues and no real idea what they’re doing. Intellectually, he’s a poser doing his best to mesmerize voters by playing on their anxieties and anger. Abraham Lincoln, a notable Republican if there ever was one, said something once about not being able to fool all of the people all of the time that I think applies. You can and you have to do better, otherwise I’m not even voting for you.
Here’s the deal and how you’re missing the point. It’s not about the jobs you created at Bain. It’s about the management skills you demonstrated there, as Governor of Massachusetts and when you turned the Olympics around. You’re a manager Mitt, an extremely effective one, and that, Mitt, is exactly what we need running our government.
Many years ago when I was a little kid, I was working in my father’s shop in our basement filing some metal part for some who-knows-what that I was making. It was a time in my life before common sense and safety glasses. Anyway, I got a tiny fleck of metal in my eye and my mother made an appointment for me with a ophthalmologist to have it removed. On the way there in the car she told me something that stuck. She told me that I should be prepared, that the doctor didn’t have much of a bedside manor. That he was pretty much all business and might not seem particularly friendly, but that he really knew is stuff and I should trust him. My mother was smart. ..She was also a Republican, by the way, of the Eisenhower variety – another notable person with demonstrated management skills. I, myself, am an Independent who thinks President Obama is a nice guy, with a good bedside manner, but not what we need in the White House.
Mitt, your bedside manner needs work, but the American people need and deserve a Manager of your demonstrated capabilities. Newt couldn’t manage his way out of a paper bag. The only management position he’s ever had was Speaker of the House, and we know how that turned out.
Talk about the jobs you’ve created, sure, but it’s not just about Bain. And don’t be so afraid of how you sometimes supported this then, and something else later. Think about it. Talk about it. That’s what great managers do. It’s about your personal opinions, it’s about problem solving, and that’s obviously something you do really really well. ..As for the other guy, Newt couldn’t solve a serious problem if it bit him on his ass.